Our Meat Selection

Our Meat Selection

We have a wide selection of meat at Health Essentials.
We do our best to source all of our meat as locally as possible from the most natural sources available to us. We have everything from Locally Sourced Organic & Grass-fed meats, wild-Sourced Kangaroo.  We are what we eat eats, so ensuring that the animals that we’re consuming are eating the diets that they were naturally meant to do will ensure the health of the meat that we get from them.  All of the local farms that we work with are committed to sustainable, humane and top of the line practices – and we’ve talked to them all personally about it! 🙂

Ketosis, explained.

A Ketogenic Diet

If you’re at all familiar with the world of natural health or weight loss, chances are you’ve come across the words: ketogenic, ketosis, or ketone.  Though you may have heard these words, or perhaps adopted some of the main principles surrounding them, we think it’s important to know what they mean and to fully understand what this method of eating really entails.  😉 

Definitions: 

  • Ketogenic diet – a diet that tends to promote the metabolic formation of ketone bodies by causing the body to use fat (rather than carbohydrate) as its principal energy source.
  • Ketosis – a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues.
  • Ketone body – any of three related compounds (acetone, acetoacetic acid, beta-hydroxybutyric acid) produced during the metabolism of fats.

Things can sometimes get tricky when it comes to the world of “diets”.  Often, we’re thrown a million and one suggestions as to what we are supposed to be eating daily, or even hourly.  What can help to make it easier, is to really understand what is going on in the body when we consume certain foods.  

Using Fats for Fuel vs Using Carbs for Fuel

Fats and carbohydrates are typically thought of as the two main fuel sources for the body.  Carbohydrates provide very short term and quick supplies of energy, while fats a more long term, and far slower supply.  Carbohydrates are actually the cell’s “preferred” choice of energy… because they are absorbed extremely quickly to produce energy.  Fats are used as energy sources only in an absence of carbohydrates.

When we first wake up in the morning, our bodies are “fasting”.  This means that we haven’t eaten in 8-12 hours and in this state we have begun to use our fat stores for energy.  Thus, our body is burning ketones.  When we eat a “breakfast” meal that is full of carbohydrates, our body quickly comes out of this fasting state and uses glucose (sugar that makes up carbs) as a fuel source.  This is all fine and well if we are expending energy and burning off what we’ve just consumed.  In many cases, however, we’re consuming more energy than we actually need to use immediately, and the glucose is converted to fat and stored in the body.

Ketogenic Diet or Low Carb, High Fat Diets

Ketogenic diets are very high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates. They are designed to put the body into a ketogenic state, or ketosis.  The ratios of fats to protein to carbohydrates varies a bit for everyone, but the graph above is based on an average carbohydrate tolerance.  Due to the body’s preference to use glucose for fuel, it’s important to keep the carbohydrate intake to a minimum*.  This will help your body stay in ketosis and burn fat for fuel.

 

How do I know my body is in ketosis?

There are a few common methods of testing to see whether your body has entered ketosis.

  • Keto sticks – you can purchase sticks to test ketone levels in saliva or urine to see if you’re in a ketogenic state
  • Blood ketone test kit
  • Most people will notice a stronger smelling urine
  • The breath starts to smell a bit
  • Generally people will notice some weight loss, especially fat reduction
  • Appetite suppression

Cyclic Ketosis

Some people who eat a strict ketogenic diet will stick to this method of eating everyday with no “cheat” days.  Others will do a carbohydrate re-feed day once a week.  This is sometimes termed as cyclic ketosis because you’re forcing the body into ketosis most days, and then allowing it to leave a state of ketosis for one day.

A hormone in the body known as leptin is produced by our fat cells to regulate our appetite and promote satiety.  When we eat too many carbs, our body can become resistant to leptin and we never feel full. Often people find when they follow a strict low carb diet for too long their leptin levels fall too low and they feel hungry more often.  A carbohydrate re-feed day can reset this balance and ensure that the body stays leptin-sensitive.

 


*Note: When counting or tracking carbohydrates, be sure that you subtract the fibre from the total, as it will not effect your state of ketosis.

Ketogenic diets are not necessarily suitable for every person or every lifestyle.  Everyone is completely different.

Check out our Keto-Friendly products and food list for low carbs foods you can find at Health Essentials.

 

 

 

Keto Smoothie Recipe

Keto Chocolate Smoothie

Are you embarking on a ketogenic diet journey?! Looking for some low carb, and DELICIOUS snack, treat or meal ideas? Well, here is one to add to your repertoire! This delicious smoothie will satisfy any sweet tooth, and leave you full for hours!

Ingredients:
– 1 scoop Chocolate protein powder
– 1 tbsp Cacao Nibs
– 1 Tbsp Organic Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
– 1 cup canned Coconut Milk
– 1 cup ice, or for a hot drink 1/2 cup hot waterBlend with a blender or heat for a hot drink!

Grassfed Butter 101

(Grassfed) Butter 101

Butter – known traditionally as “Nature’s Multivitamin” – is definitely in high demand at Health Essentials. We definitely put that s*** on everything ;).  But, like anything else amazing in this world… not all butter is created equal.  In fact, there is definitely a plethora of butter on the market today that is best avoided altogether.  Here, we’ll outline some of the major things to look for in a quality butter.

Why Grassfed?

Exactly how humans do better eating natural, whole-food derived diets made from seasonally available foods… animals that graze on pastures and eat the diet that they’re biologically designed to consume, have healthier, happier lives.  AND just how humans do best in healthy, natural environments, so do animals!  Grazing animals that live on pasture are allowed to eat the foods that their bodies NEED to thrive, and can soak in the environmental nutrients that keep them healthy as well – such as Vitamin D from the sun!  The nutrient level of the foods that we consume from animals (such as meat and dairy) are of higher quality when the animal’s lives are enriched and healthy.  Real, LIVE grass that grows out of the ground and isn’t treated with pesticides or chemicals provides animals with the nutrients that they need to thrive. Herbivorous animals (those who consume grass) have fermentation-based digestive systems that depend on grass, specifically, to fuel them and keep them healthy.  Ensuring that animals get what they need to be healthy helps to ensure that the dairy and meat we consume from them are full of nutrients as well.  Thus, the quality of the animal’s diet = the quality and quantity nutrients in the foods we derive from them.

Butter that is derived from grassfed cows is generally higher in nutrients such as butyrate, omega 3’s, CLA, beta-carotene, fat soluble vitamins – A, D, E & K, and antioxidants.  It also tends to be LOWER in toxins.  This is because toxins often accumulate in the fat tissues of animals, so the healthier the animal producing the milk, the less toxins to worry about!

Grassfed versus Seasonally Pastured

“Grassfed” is a term thrown around quite loosely in today’s food market.  Its meaning is rather straight forward, however, there are multiple levels of it.  Here’s why: As soon as an animal spends ANY length of time grazing on fresh grass, it technically qualifies them to be considered “grassfed”.  Like… that could be a day in their whole life, which in our books just doesn’t quite cut it on the quality side of things. So, what’s important to look for is the specification of TIME that the animal spends grazing.

(Real) Grassfed Butter

Provided that the farms who produce this butter are reputable and the sourcing is fabulous, this butter is generally the best of the best.  The cows who produce this butter are eating a wholesome and natural diet and their milk production reflects this.  

We carry two main Grassfed Butter Options:

Golden Ears Grassfed Butter:

Golden Ears butter is sourced locally in Maple Ridge, B.C. from a family farm.  This butter is cultured, meaning that it contains healthy bacteria that can improve the digestion of the butter.  This can help the digestion process in people who are sensitive to dairy.  With somewhat limited seasonal availability, we try to stock as much of this gold as possible so that everyone can enjoy it for most of the year! This butter has a very distinct yellow colour, and rich flavour due to the high beta-carotene content from the grassfed milk! #delicious

Kiwi Pure Butter:

Kiwi Pure butter is sourced from New Zealand dairy where there is plenty of grass to go around all year! New Zealand is actually known to have the best butter in the world, and this butter definitely stands up to that title! Kiwi Pure is consistently golden yellow all year, denoting both high beta-carotene content and high fat content! #yum

Seasonally Pastured Butter

Seasonally Pastured animals are grazing and consuming real grass for a minimum of 60% of their diet.  This means that for up to 40% of the time they can be consuming some form of grains to supplement their diet.  When shopping for seasonally pastured butter, it’s important to look for the “Organic” certification, and/or choose to buy that particular butter during “grazing” seasons.

We carry two great Canadian-sourced options for Seasonally Pastured butter:

Organic Meadows Butter

Organic meadows butter is sourced from Ontario, Canada.  It is an Organic Seasonally Pastured butter.  The cows that produce this butter are on pasture from April – November most years. It’s also a cultured butter, which is great for those who are a bit dairy sensitive.  A few times of the year, we’re able to get in this butter with a special badge on it denoting that it’s sourced from 100% pastured cows!!  We are sure to stock up on this butter at those times of the year to help ensure there’s enough to go around even into the off-season.

 

L’ancetre Butter

L’Ancetre butter is another seasonally pastured option.  The cows that produce the milk used for this butter graze for 60% of their diet on pasture.  The other 40% of their diet consists of Organic grains.  This 60:40 ratio is guaranteed at any time of the year, and since its produced in Quebec with a typical grazing season of April – October, this butter can be a great choice throughout the spring and summer months.

 

 

P.S. If you’re lactose or dairy sensitive, and you’d like to learn about an alternative, check out this post about Grassfed Ghee, which is clarified butter! 🙂

For more information on the butter options that we carry, or for clarification of any of the information in this post, please feel free to contact us! 🙂 Our phone number is 250-590-5524, and our email is hello@myhealthessentials.ca

 

Keto-Friendly Jello

Keto Jello

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Bulletproof Collagelatin
  • 3 scoops Vega Electrolyte Hydrator
  • 3 & 1/4 cups water

Method:

1) In a mug mix 1/4 cup of water with gelatin until a solid “puck” forms.
2) In a sauce pan heat 3 cups of water.
3) Add gelatin puck and stir until dissolved.
4) Add electrolyte hydrator.
5) Pour into a glass container while hot & leave to set until firm  in the fridge. Enjoy!

The Story Behind Bulletproof

The Story Behind Bulletproof

If there’s one story we tell and retell the most at Health Essentials, it’s the story of Bulletproof and its founder, Dave Asprey.  It’s a fabulous story that many people in the Health world will have heard by now, but in case you have yet to learn how Bulletproof came to be, here’s how:

The Bulletproof Executive: Dave Asprey.

Dave Asprey, a once Silicon Valley Investor and technology entrepreneur, began his journey into the natural health and biohacking world over 2 decades ago.  Since the start, he’s “invested” over $300,000 to “hack” or “optimize” his own biology.  After a hard-fought battle with “conventional” weight loss techniques with little to no progress, Dave lost over 100lbs without excessively exercising, starving himself, or counting all of his calories! Now his amazing company focuses of producing products to help others easily achieve health, and spreading the message of this “unconventional” way of living optimally!

Dave founded Bulletproof in order to spread his message and make these simple, yet against the grain techniques and “hacks” accessible for less than the cost of a home ;).  Some might say that Dave does the experimentation and research so that we don’t have to. The premise behind the amazing lifestyle that Dave advocates, starts with your morning coffee. Check out the video below to learn more about Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof coffee and lifestyle!

 

Pork Crisp Keto Pancake Recipe

Pork Crisp Keto Pancake Recipe

We’re always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate awesome nutrient dense and traditional foods into our meals! This awesome recipe by one of our teammates, Denby, has helped us do just that! We are so excited about it.  These babies are gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly and made with great ingredients that you can feel awesome about consuming!

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag plain Louis Pasture pork crisps
  • 2 large Terra Nossa eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground Harmonic Arts cinnamon
  • 5-10 drops Better stevia Liquid
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • fat of choice for frying

Method:

1. Grind the pork crisps in a blender or coffee grinder &, set aside.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the eggs, stevia and coconut milk then add the ground pork crisps and cinnamon.
Mix well and set aside for 5 mins to thicken.
3. Heat your fat of choice in a pan over medium heat. pour the batter on the pan and cook each side for 1-2 mins.
4. Serve warm with melted butter & enjoy!


Do you have any awesome low-carb, healthy recipes to share? Let us know, we love new ideas! 🙂